This school year will be unlike any other. Many schools have opted for full remote learning, while some are doing a hybrid model or in-person instruction. Just recently, my district decided that students will begin the year remotely for the first nine weeks. While I’m usually decorating bulletin boards and setting up my classroom this time of year, I’m now trying to prep things to send home so that my students have all the tools they need to be successful. Math is one subject where my students will need various materials so they can have the full hands-on experience. In this post, I’ll share my 5 tips for prepping math kits for distance learning.
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TIP #1: MAKE A LIST
My first tip is to create a list of the materials that your students will need to make hand–to–mind math connections. Look through your curriculum and write down the most important items as well as how many of each item each student will need.
TIP #2: TAKE INVENTORY
Take inventory of the items on your list that you may already have in your classroom. You may also need to speak to your principal to see if you can send the materials home.
TIP #3: VISIT HAND2MIND
If you don’t already have everything on your list, head to hand2mind.com! for the rest! You can find premade Take Home Manipulative Kits or purchase the specific materials you want in bulk and divide them among your students. Here are the items I ordered for my Kindergarten Math Kits.
TIP #4: PREPPING YOUR DISTANCE LEARNING MATH KITS
Once you have all your supplies, count out how many of each item you need per student. Place the items in a pencil box or large plastic bag.
Here’s what will be going home with each of my students.
If you like, you can order small plastic bags to keep the smaller items together inside the large bag.
TIP #5: ADD A PERSONALIZED NOTE!
It’s always nice to add a personal touch! Add a special note to your math kits by welcoming your students back to school and explaining the contents of the kit. This will mean so much to your students especially this year since they may not get to see you in person. Here’s the note that I’ll be sending in my bags.
There you have it—five simple steps for prepping math kits for distance learning! I hope this post has inspired you to set your students up for virtual success by providing them with the tools they need to make hand–to–mind math connections.
Casey Stewart has been teaching kindergarten and loving it since 2006. She has turned her passion for teaching into a successful blogging business focused on inspiring fellow educators and homeschooling families. Her other job titles include wife, busy mom of three, and TPT Teacher-Author. You can find her on Instagram @kindergartenkornerbycasey and visit www.kindergartenkorner.com to learn more about her hand2mind favorites!